As West Sussex County Council sends out extra teams to tackle the county’s growing number of pothole we want to see the potholes in your street.
Six hundred potholes have been reported to the county council since Christmas Eve and with cold and wet weather on the way the problem is likely to get worse.
Teams are out this week making a full assessment of the current state of the roads, in order to prioritise repairs according to safety risk.
In addition to the regular programme of pothole repairs, next week ‘Pothole Patrol’ crews will be deployed by the County Council’s contractor Balfour Beatty to target areas where the problems are worst.
Surface water made the problem worse with existing potholes, because water washes away loose particles of road surface whenever vehicles pass over them.
It also accelerates the rate at which new potholes appear.
The volume of potholes reported so far make it impossible for these to be fixed as they occur.
The council is urging residents to stay patient while the backlog is cleared, and to drive slowly and carefully whenever they travel, particularly through surface water.
Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, Pieter Montyn, said: “We are dealing with the havoc caused by some of the worst wet weather for over a century and while we cannot get on top of this situation overnight, we ask drivers to please be patient and bear with us while we fix these problems.
“In the meantime, the onus is on road users to drive responsibly and take greater care when out on the roads.”
The council is urging people to report them at love.sussex.gov.uk by taking a picture of them and a full description of how bad the road surface is.
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